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Best James Island Bar, Best Place to See Local Hip-Hop, Best Place to See Local Music, Best Rock Music Club
Charleston Pour House

Pour House has been a pillar of the Charleston music scene for 20 years. The elegantly understated venue circulates incredible music acts seven days a week and bursts at the seams with vendors and activities at its Sunday Brunch Farmers Market. Needless to say, the bar can get pretty packed. To bar manager Tony Kowalski, the staff has created a solid dynamic that enables them to excel as a high volume bar — basically by getting along and hanging out as friends.

“It’s a good mixture right now,” Kowalski said. “People who have been here since the beginning, people who have been here a long time and the next generation learning their way. We work really hard. There’s not a lot of glory in it. But I think we all do this for the love of music.”

The stages at Pour House have fostered up-and-coming bands and been a home away from home for touring acts of all genres.

“We do hip-hop every Monday, which cultivated this really good hip-hop scene I think Charleston needed. We have a lot of southern roots rock bands, a lot of country, Americana, electronic. It’s why we’re here.”


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